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GREEN LIGHT: New maintenance hub at police marine unit

GREEN LIGHT: New maintenance hub at police marine unit

Northumbria Police Marine Unit, Tyne Approach, Jarrow Image: Google

Plans for a new storage and maintenance building at the base of Northumbria Police’s Marine Unit and Diving School have been given the green light.

Earlier in August, a planning application was lodged with South Tyneside Council’s planning department for the site off Tyne Approach in Jarrow.

The plans for a new ‘boat shed’ came from the Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner and aimed to improve storage facilities for vessels.

A design and access statement submitted with the application said there is currently no dedicated covered area on site for essential maintenance works to the boats – which is “key for their safe and efficient operation.”

The statement added that the new building would be “critical for the force’s marine and specialist search team’s operations” as well as protecting the boats from theft and “wear and tear of their components.”

Following a period of consultation, South Tyneside Council planners approved the application on September 21 2021.

The new  lightweight structure will have a total area of 91m2 and will benefit from direct access to the River Tyne via a pontoon and slipway.

It will also be designed to respect the character, form and scale of the site and its surroundings.

The Marine Unit and Diving School consists of the main two-storey diving school to the centre of the site and a helicopter pad to the far west.

For years, the premises has been the base and training centre for the force’s specialist search team, which is capable of looking for missing persons and  recovering items criminals have attempted to dispose of underwater.

According to the design and access statement for the new boat shed,  it “would not be cost effective or practical for Northumbria Police to acquire additional waterfront property” so it is “important to use the site efficiently.”

The planning statement adds: “The new building will be appropriate for its location and use, providing protection of the boats against inclement weather, therein, presenting fewer challenges when carrying out repairs, and allowing for the continued invaluable service and essential training provided by the marine policing team.”

Under planning conditions, works on the new  boat shed must commence on site within the next three years.

For more information on the application or to view the plans, visit South Tyneside Council’s online planning portal and search reference: ST/0772/21/FUL


Words: Chris Binding, Local Democracy Reporter

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